Breast augmentation refers to a procedure where a breast implant is inserted to increase the size of the breasts as well as perfect the proportion and shape. Women who have experienced a change in the size or shape of their breasts due to weight loss, breastfeeding, aging, or simply because they are disproportional in nature. Our experienced surgeons will provide you with a step-by-step guide to ensure that you are comfortable and satisfied with the decision to undergo breast augmentation.Read more
Breast augmentation can provide you with fuller and more proportional breasts, filling out unevenness and perking out flat chests. With this procedure, you will acquire that perfect body shape which will ultimately increase your confidence and your overall appearance.
The approximate cost for breast augmentation is $7,000. Please note that the cost includes the following:• Surgeon’s labour time
Breast augmentation is a day surgery, not requiring patients to stay overnight for monitoring (unless otherwise requested by surgeon). The surgery is performed in 60 to 90 minutes under general anesthesia meaning that you will be in a “sleep like” state and you will not be able to feel anything. An incision is made in either the armpit, under the breast or around the areola (nipple). Through the incision, a minimally sized pocket will be created where the chosen implant will be inserted. Once the implant has been inserted, dissolvable sutures (stiches) are used to close off the incisions. As the procedure is completed, you will be brought into the recovery room where the anesthesia effects will fade away and you will be monitored by nurses until you are ready to be discharged (usually 1-2 hours).
First, a breast implant is a sterile medical prosthesis inserted to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts.
Type: the two main implants are saline and silicone implants – the surgeon would discuss which options is best suitable for you based on individual factors. Briefly, saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and they are inserted empty, then inflated with the solution. In the case that the implant ruptures or leaks, the shell of the implant would collapse and the saline would be absorbed and removed by the body naturally. Silicone breast implants on the other hand are pre-filled with a silicone gel that is thick, yet naturally looking. Silicone implants also imitate the texture of natural human breasts. Silicone implants tend to be more popular for that reason!
Style, size, and shape: These choices are often dependent on your natural anatomy, preference and lifestyle. During your consultation appointment, your surgeon will discuss your reasoning for choosing breast augmentation as well as show you a 3D illustration using your own body. The illustration will be your guide to choosing the best option to meet your individual needs.
There are two locations where the implants can be placed:
* Sub-muscular placement or “under the muscle” placement refers to the implant being placed behind the pectoral muscle. This option is for those who tend to have smaller sized breasts or are looking for full reconstruction due to lack of breast tissue. The downside to this placement is that it is a relatively longer procedure, could be more painful with longer recovery time. However, you can rest assured that the long term complications of wrinkling and capsular contractures are quite minimal.
* Sub-glandular placement or “over the muscle” refers to the implant being placed in front of the pectoral muscle. With this option, you may not require anesthesia and the surgery time will be reduced. It would also be less painful as there would be no incisions into the muscle. Sub-glandular placement would result in a more natural look as compared to the sub-muscular look.
While many women focus primarily on their breast size, some have an insecurity when it comes to their nipples and/or areolas. It is quite common for nipples to be inverted where the nipples would point inward rather than outward. The areolas can also become stretched or enlarged as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Inverted nipples can be surgically corrected either in a separate surgery or with breast augmentation. The areolas can also be reduced into a normal shape and form. The surgery involves a small incision being made at the base of the nipple where the scar tissue, bands or ducts causing the inversion of the nipple are released and stitches are applied to hold the nipples. General anesthesia is required if both breast augmentation and nipple inversion are done in the same surgery; however, if it is only the nipple inversion procedure then local anesthesia is suffice.
Surgeons try to make the least visible incisions as possible when they are performing any of the procedures. For instance, for the areola, the incision will be applied around the nipple where the skin is the darkest. Meanwhile, the “breast fold” is considered the most common of incisions for breast augmentation, as this is known to heal beautifully with the least visibility and can only be seen when the breast is physically lifted upward. Another common incision is made through the armpit and it is referred to as the trans-axillary incision. Lastly, the more modern incision is the trans-umbilical incision (TUBA), and that is made for saline implants.
Although recovery varies between patients, it is common for patients to return to their daily activities within a few days post-surgery. While recovery is relatively quick, swelling in the chest areas and some light bruising along the incision lines can be expected. Pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any pain and discomfort from the surgery. Proper and detailed instructions are given to patients once the surgery is complete to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken for best results!
Liposuction refers to the procedure where unwanted fat is extracted from the body. This is not to be mistaken for a weight loss solution as its job is to bring proportionality to the body by permanently getting rid of fat in certain areas. Tubes are used to suction out the fat from specific areas that are prone to hold the most fat. Though this treatment is an excellent way to remove excess fat, it is recommended that patients establish a proper diet and exercise regime to ensure the maintenance of their flawless and toned body.Read more
Liposuction procedures, on average, cost about $3.500 with an additional fee of $1,000 when patients request to have SmartLipo (laser assisted form) done at the same time for smoother results and reduced downtime. The benefits gained from having both procedures done far outweighs the added cost. The price is also dependent on the number of areas to be treated, as well as whether patients choose to have anesthesia.
With this procedure, a compression garment is required to be worn for approximately 4-6 weeks after the surgery. The main reason is for the body to adjust to the new contour and shape, but also so that the swelling reduces over time. You may also experience some bruising and discomfort post-surgery which can last for several days. It is recommended that you follow the instructions given before the procedure in order to minimize the amount of bruising as well as to speed up the recovery process. Pain medication will be prescribed to aid with the soreness that are the effects of the surgery, however, patients are expected to return to their daily activities within a few days.
Though almost any fatty area can be treated, the most common ones are:
It should be noted that different techniques are needed for each area of the body since several cannula options are available. Also, the amount of incisions is dependent on the areas of the body being treated.
Like every surgery, there are some risks and complications associated with the liposuction procedure. However, with the advancements in technology, the procedure has evolved immensely making it relatively safe and more effective.
Gynecomastia is a condition seen in some males where the breast tissue in the chest area is enlarged. This condition can be quite embarrassing for men; however, it can easily be treated by liposuction.
Liposuction is not known to remove visceral fat, which is the hard fat in the abdomen surrounding the organs. The only way to treat this condition is through a proper diet and exercise regime.
The area behind the knee is not recommended as an area to be treated by liposuction since vital nerves and blood vessels are located there.
Although cellulite can be minimized with the liposuction, it is suggested that patients consult their physicians first to see if they recommend the removal of cellulite from their bodies.
Since the procedure requires local or general anesthesia, patients do not feel anything during the treatment. However, medication is prescribed post-surgery to minimize pain or discomfort that you may feel once the effects of the anesthesia subsides.
Liposuction is not an effective treatment for stretch marks removal as some other procedures such as laser fractional treatments, which would reduce their appearance.
For best results, it is recommended that a healthy diet and exercise routine are established post-procedure. If, however, you do gain weight on the areas treated, then you should expect the weight to be on the entire body. Only the few fat cells remaining in the area would be affected, which means that you will never be able to accumulate as much fat as before the treatment!
Yes! Once you have consulted with plastic surgeon and they have given you the approval, then you can have more than one area treated.
Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a surgery that flattens and reshapes the midsection area. Stretched abdominal muscles are tightened during a tummy tuck surgery in order to create a toned and defined waistline. This is done by removing excess skin as well as loosening the skin. Patients must not mistake this procedure for a weight loss solution! However, a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise routine will certainly aid in maintaining the results of the abdominoplasty quite some time.Read more
For those who are insecure or embarrassed about their midsection area, tummy tuck surgery would be an ideal surgery to undergo. Once a personal decision has been made, the next step would be to consult one of our experienced surgeons who will guide you and provide you with all the information necessary to help affirm your decision.
Here are some of the factors to consider this surgery:
It is best to have this surgery when you are:
A tummy tuck will:
The surgeon will begin by marking the area where the horizontal incisions will be made, as well as, mark where the bellybutton will be located. Then, the abdominal muscles would be sealed together creating a tight and smooth midsection. Any skin overlaps or excess fat would be removed and the openings would be sutured. The surgery would be complete when you are left with a concealed scar along the bikini line with a flat and well contoured abdomen!
A full or complete tummy tuck surgery is quite intense and it is for those who are looking to correct all abnormalities of the midsection where loose skin, excess fat, stretch marks and separated abdominal muscles will be adjusted
The surgery requires two incisions to be made; one horizontally (along the bikini line) and one around the belly button. The skin and tissue are then separated from the muscles leaving behind this skin flap which is pulled upwards from the bikini line exposing the muscles underneath. The separated muscles, which are called Rectus Diastasis, are re-aligned by being sutured together vertically. A liposuction procedure follows in order to remove any excess fat and skin that hang below the incision lines. An incision is then made to relocate the bellybutton which is shifted up into the hole and sutured in place. The rest of the horizontal incision lines are sealed together. Lastly, drainage tubes are placed through small incisions located near the main horizontal incision line. Bandages are placed to secure and wrap the area.
Patients will have two options to choose from; a mini or full abdominoplasty. The majority choose the latter. A full tummy tuck revitalizes and restores the entire abdomen area. However, for those who are only looking for minimal corrections, then a mini tummy tuck would be the way to go.
Mini Tummy Tuck - A mini tummy tuck is ideal for those who are requiring a portion of their abdomen corrected. They would be within limited reach of their weight goals and have tried out dieting and exercising. It would also be suitable for those who have body fats in the area below the navel. With a mini tummy tuck procedure, the bellybutton will not be required to be repositioned, and only a small incision will be made horizontally along the bikini line.
Floating Tummy Tuck - A Floating Abdominoplasty (FAB), which is also referred to as a Modified Tummy Tuck or Extended Mini Tummy Tuck, is a combination of both a full and mini tummy tucks. Patients who have some muscle laxity, in need of some skin tightening above the bellybutton will opt for this procedure. With this procedure, the naval is separated from the abdominal fascia so that the muscles are tightened. As the muscles are sealed together, the naval is slightly shifted vertically and reattached to the fascia. This procedure leaves patients with one small incision horizontally along the pubic hair. Only those who have minimal amounts of loose skin will be ideal for the floating tummy tuck procedure.
Many plastic surgeons choose the “Drainless” tummy tuck technique. This is a surgical variation which can be used on either a mini, full or floating tummy tuck.
Drainless Abdominoplasty uses specific sutures to bind the soft tissues to the abdominal wall. This procedure creates a pressure which allows the tissues to adhere to each other more easily. The closer the tissues are together, the less cavity space there is, which allows less room for fluid accumulation. Fluid accumulation impedes the healing process by preventing tissues from adhering to one another. With a reduction in fluid accumulation, this thereby eliminates the need for drains to be inserted.
Not all patients are a candidate for this technique as there are some downsides. The quilting technique that is used to suture the muscle and tissue together may be visible in the skin, creating the appearance of skin irregularities. This technique also requires the patient to be under anesthesia for a longer period of time. Additionally, seromas can still form later on, which will require an aspiration procedure. For these reasons, many plastic surgeons choose not to perform Drainless Tummy Tucks.
The cost for a full abdominoplasty starts from $8,000 (including general anesthesia) plus tax. The cost does vary depending on the procedure; for instance, a mini tummy tuck would cost less than a full one. Similarly, the addition of a liposuction procedure would increase the cost by $1,500-$2,500 (dependent on the area).
What is recovery like after your Surgery?
During recovery time, which is usually around 2 weeks, it is expected that patients feel sore with every movement. The actual healing process does take a longer time, however, most patients are expected to work within the second week. Post-surgery, patients are discharged in a garment and abdominal binder, as well as drains along the sides of the incisions if a full abdominoplasty was performed. The reason for the drains is to avoid fluid buildup which could affect the healing process. These drains are removed within the first week of the surgery.
What will my Tummy Tuck scar look like?
Because an incision is required to remove excess skin and fat, there will definitely be some scarring present at the treated site(s). The scar is however placed horizontally and the length depends on the type of procedure you had. As for the incision, it would be placed in a discreet area and the scar would heal reducing its visibility if post-surgery instructions are followed. There are plenty of non-surgical laser treatments and products that would help in fading the appearance of scars.
Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck
The primary differences between a liposuction and a tummy tuck procedure is that the latter would remove excess fat, but not correcting the skin or the muscle. It is more common for liposuction to be the treatment of choice if the patient was looking to remove excess fat from the sides (flanks or love handles) of the abdomen. A tummy tuck corrects more of the frontal plane of the midsection giving a complete rejuvenated and contoured abdominal region.
To correct the size, contour and elevation of sagging breasts, a breast life (also known as Mastopexy) is performed. With aging comes the loss of elasticity of the skin, especially in the breast area. Breasts tend to lose their perkiness and volume, which can ultimately become undesirable for many women. To gain their self-confidence, youthful look and overall appearance, women opt for a breast lift surgery.Read more
Besides correcting the size of the breasts, a breast lift will also raise the nipple-areola complex, reduce the side of the areolas, and correct the shape and form of the breasts.
Results of a good breast lift include:
Most importantly, a breast lift will help you love your breasts and overall appearance again!
The cost for a breast lift is approximately $XXXX plus tax, including general anesthesia. The price is not dependent on the type of breast lift you choose, however, breast implants are an additional cost.
There are some factors to consider before undergoing a breast lift surgery to assess whether this option is the right one for you. Having some of all of these factors will help make your decision:
We do recommend that candidates are at their best overall health (mentally, physically and emotionally) when they decide to pursue this surgery.
Other factors that would contribute to an idea candidate are:
A breast lift surgery is not an extremely invasive one. In fact, it is performed as an outpatient surgery not requiring patients to stay overnight. It is performed under general anesthesia and its duration is between 1.5 to 2 hours in length. The two method options used are either the Lollipop or Wise pattern as both tend to provide the most dramatic results. Following the surgery, patients are transferred to a recovery room and are kept there for 1 to 2 hours for monitoring purposes. The breasts will be wrapped in a thick bandage and the incisions covered with gauze. Guided instructions will be given to you by the nurse or the plastic surgeon in order to be aware of the way you will need to care for your breasts for the following few days post procedure. Pain medication and antibiotics, if necessary, will also be prescribed to help alleviate any discomfort or an infection.
Visit our clinic for a free consultation to see how a breast lift can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. Our 3-D visual technology will help you see how a certain breast shape will look on you. All your questions would be answered as you learn more about the surgery, helping you make your decision.
Based on several factors, plastic surgeons have methods to choose from when performing a breast lift. These factors include the size of your breasts, the amount of excess skin, the size of the areolas, and the level of elasticity of the breast skin. The different techniques include:
Women who are looking to increase the volume and the lift of their breasts will choose to have implants. Usually, no incisions are required depending on the placement of the breast implant. However, those who have a moderate to severe breast droop, both incisions and the insertion of the implants will be required for a more dramatic result.
With a breast lift surgery, incisions are made in the most easily concealed location with minimal scars. Over time, the scars tend to fade away although that is not always the case. If scarring is an issue for you after some time has passed, then you have the option of undergoing some treatments which will reduce their visibility. It is important to note that no scars mean less lift.
Breast lift surgery is a relatively safe procedure when performed by experienced plastic surgeons. However, we cannot forget the fact that with any surgical procedure, there is some degree of risk associated with it. Patients are asked to read and understand the pre and post-surgery instructions in order to alleviate potential complications.
Recovery time is usually quick with patients being able to return to their daily activities within a few days after the breast lift surgery. However, recovery time is dependent on your overall health! Also, the swelling can take up to several months to subside but the overall results will leave you smiling every time you see and feel how perky and youthful your breasts have become!
A Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure performed to enhance the shape and volume of the buttocks where fat is removed from some parts of your body and inserted into the buttocks. You can has a natural looking, firm, and rounded shaped buttocks using the Body Jet technology. This is a two in one procedure; first fat is removed from 2 to 3 places on your body (ie. Your arms, legs, or abdomen) and then it is transferred to your buttocks. This procedure leaves you with a perfect looking bum! A Brazilian Butt Lift can also work by correcting defects and reconstructing the butt through the fat transfer method or by applying implants in some cases.Read more
The cost of this procedure varies, starting at $6,500 and going up to $12,000. The majority of the time, patients need liposuction of fat from two or three different places which would cause a variation in prices.
The two ways that this procedure is performed is either by fat transfer or buttocks implants. General or local anesthesia are required for this procedure, and it is performed as an outpatient surgery, not requiring patients to stay overnight.
The most common method is the fat transfer which would give you the best result! This method is combined with a liposuction procedure where fat cells are extracted from other areas where fat is not desired. Then, these fat cells are inserted into the area of the buttocks you wish to enhance. Then, the plastic surgeon will carefully shape and lift the skin and surrounding tissue to create the perfect shape suitable for your body.
Using a water assisted liposuction, excess fat is extracted. The reason a water jet liposuction is used is because fat cells have a tendency to break in nature; however, with this technique they are left intact so they can survive when transplanted into the buttocks. This new technique (Aqua-Shape) allows for a less invasive procedure which correlates to less bruising, less swelling and therefore very minimal downtime! Since water assisted liposuction gently removes fat cells, with minimal disruption to the tissues during the removal process, this high quality fat is perfect for transferring to the buttocks as it will then have a high survival rate. The most important detail is that almost all of the fat removed during liposuction is preserved and can be used to give you an even more voluminous and rounded buttocks than with traditional liposuction techniques.
Generally, the fat can be extracted from several body areas, however the most ideal areas would be the lower back, love handles, under the arms, and inner thighs. Two or three areas will be used to extract fat cells from to ensure that you have enough fat to enlarge the buttocks.
For those requiring correction and reconstruction, want a full buttocks augmentation, or who are relatively slim and have no fat to transfer to the buttocks, implants are the answer! Due to the risks associated with butt implants, our clinic only provides the fat transfer method to Brazilian Butt Lift.